Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Wendy RN., BA

10/30/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

We need to protect our children from bullies.

A very misguided and cruel woman in Fargo, North Dakota plans to hand out "Fat Letters" to children trick or treating that she feels are "moderately obese".  Reading about this completely stunned me, I cannot believe that anyone would be so mean to a child.

What do you mean I can't have candy?

What do you mean I can't have candy?

Highlights

By Wendy RN., BA

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/30/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: Halloween, candy, costumes, fun, family, cruel, fargo, north dakota,


LOS ANGELES, CA (Rise Above Health Blog) - 'Cheryl' of Fargo, N.D., called in to a local radio station to describe her letter, which reads, 'Your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats.' She went on to tell interviewers that she wants parents to know that they are being irresponsible for allowing their fat children to go out trick or treating for free candy.

Nasty letter to the parents of "moderately obese" children, from woman in Fargo, ND.


As a health care professional, I have mixed feelings about all of the "loot" our children collect and eat on Halloween, but the action of this woman has gone to far. Who does she think she is?

If she really has a conscience regarding candy and health, why doesn't she give all the children something other than candy like boxes of raisins or dental floss? By singling out the children who she deems "moderately obese" and giving them a letter for their parents, she could scar them for life. Imagine how you would feel at a vulnerable age, your self-esteem may never recover. I am wondering what she plans to give to the children who she deems are "obese"?

We have a health crisis in America and that includes our children. We are fatter than any other generation; in fact childhood obesity has nearly tripled since the early 1970's. Our children now have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression and obesity in alarming numbers.

I agree that we are a community that needs to help one another, but being cruel to children is not the correct way to go about it.

Sign up now for your FREE Rise Above Health Record

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2016
Universal:
Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.



Comments


More Blog

The Political Rise and Fall of Dr. Ben Carson (Part Two)

Image of

By Justin Soutar

Within two and a half years' time, Dr. Ben Carson's political star had climbed with extraordinary steadiness from the horizon to the zenith, where it shone with dazzling brilliance, and then suddenly it plunged toward the opposite horizon, disappearing from view ... continue reading


'Tolerate as I have tolerated you' Watch

Image of

By Michaela Daphne

Jesus is not nice."Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword." (Matt 10:34) BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - It's no accident that C.S. Lewis used a lion to represent Christ."Safe?" said Mr. Beaver; "don't you hear ... continue reading


Believing in God's Providence Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

This is a tough one for me, but I am certain this is a lesson God is desperately trying to teach me. It's a lesson I need to learn if I want progress in this journey of life with the Lord. NASHVILLE, TN - When I say 'learn' I don't mean to simply understand what God's ... continue reading


End Your Silence! Use Your Voice! Watch

Image of

By Michael Seagriff

Too many of us have for too long remained silent in the face of evil and untruth. Too manyof us have sat silently as all sense of the Sacred has been removed from many of our Churchbuildings and our Holy Masses. CANASTOTA, NY - Too many of us for too long have ... continue reading


The Political Rise and Fall of Dr. Ben Carson (Part One)

Image of

By Justin Soutar

Within two and a half years' time, Dr. Ben Carson's political star had climbed with extraordinary steadiness from the horizon to the zenith, where it shone with dazzling brilliance--and then suddenly it plunged toward the opposite horizon, disappearing from view ... continue reading


Four Phrases That Will Transform Your Relationships Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Instinctively, we long to rescue the people we love. We desperately want to take away their hurts and "fix" whatever struggle or fear they may be walking through. I know this because I've been the one that has tried to verbally "fix" other people's struggles. I didn't ... continue reading


Praying For God's Mercy With Boldness and Confidence Watch

Image of

By Michael Seagriff

Jesus gave us the seven Sacraments and left His Church as the earthly vehicle through which He would work to save souls. The salvation of souls, not social justice issues, is the "supreme law of the Catholic Church" and the primary reason for its existence. CANASTOTA, ... continue reading


Who is the Holy Spirit? Watch

Image of

By Michaela Daphne

My most recent writing project is a multimedia about the Holy Spirit for a Pentecost youth rally next week. Usually when I write such things, it all comes about fairly easily, and I can piece together a rough draft in an afternoon or so. This time, however, I have ... continue reading


What is love? Watch

Image of

By Michaela Daphne

People say things like "If you really love me, you'll have sex with me" or "If you really love me, you'll buy me nice things," but what is the real definition of love? How do newly weds navigate the difficult terrain of authentic love? BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - When ... continue reading


Desolation, Grace, and Trust Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Recently I've crossed into a place I'm not proud to admit I've entered. It's not a physical place, but rather a spiritual and mental place. It's a product of exhaustion coupled with fear, but mostly it's due to a greater distance between God and I because I've been ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • WARNING: Exorcist claims demon is targeting families
  • Daily Reading for Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 HD Video
  • Advent Prayer HD Video
  • Daily Readings for Sunday, May 29, 2016
  • Woman diagnosed with 'nightmare bacteria' in US
  • St. Maximinus of Trier: Saint of the Day for Sunday, May 29, 2016
  • Your Daily Inspirational Meme: He will never leave you

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Kings 8:41-43
41 'Even the foreigner, not belonging to your people Israel but coming ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 117:1, 2
1 Alleluia! Praise Yahweh, all nations, extol him, all ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 7:1-10
1 When he had come to the end of all he wanted the people to hear, he ... Read More

Reading 2, Galatians 1:1-2, 6-10
1 From Paul, an apostle appointed not by human beings nor through any ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 29th, 2016 Image

St. Maximinus of Trier
May 29: Bishop of Trier, Germany, from 332, and a miracle ... Read More